By Jay Tidwell/Special to the Journal
SHANNON – If you give Deione Weeks a little room to shoot, he can take over a game.
Weeks scored all 21 of his points in the first half and Eric Richardson added a half-dozen 3-pointers as Corinth knocked off North Pontotoc 78-53 in a 4A North tournament quarterfinal.
Weeks, a 6-foot-3 senior forward, worked his jump shot for 13 points in the first quarter. His hot shooting helped Corinth (26-5) to a 25-14 cushion that the Vikings were unable to overcome.
“They were giving me a little space, and I felt that the shots I was taking were best for the team,” Weeks said. “We’ll need to keep playing offensively and defensively, and take it from here.”
A pair of 3-pointers by Richardson, a 6-2 senior guard, set the Warriors ahead 47-26 in the opening minute of the second half.
They stayed in control from there, leading by at least 20 to the final buzzer.
“We shot it awfully well today,” said Corinth coach Keith Greene. “Eric hit a couple early and Deione had a great first half. It seemed like everything we shot was falling.”
Marcus Green scored 20 to lead North Pontotoc (20-13), the last remaining No. 4 seed in the tournament.
“Our guys fight and scrap every game,” said North Pontotoc coach Chris Pettit. “Tonight, it might have been nerves a little bit, but we didn’t shoot it very well, and they came out on fire and shot it extremely well.”
(B) Greenwood 51, New Albany 44: Torrence Garner scored a game-high 18 for Greenwood (20-9) to send it to tonight’s match against Corinth.
New Albany pulled as close as 48-44 on a pair of free throws by Daniel Drummond with 1:10 remaining, but Garner responded with a quick basket to turn back the Div. 2-4A champs. Drummond finished with 11 and Moses Kingsley had 9 for New Albany (18-10).